4-H Youth Exhibits at Montana Summer Fairs

by Lainey Kitzmann

BOZEMAN — Montana State University Extension invites community members from across Montana to attend local and county fairs this summer to see Montana 4-H program displays and events. Montana 4-H is the youth development program of MSU Extension, and for 4-H youth, the fair is a public opportunity to show what they have learned and to continue developing civil service and social skills while running events like concession stands, petting zoos or exhibits.

“Time spent in 4-H allows kids the opportunity to gain valuable life and work readiness skills, setting them up for a successful future,” said Montana 4-H Center for Youth Development Director Teri Antilley.

Brett Schomer, Montana 4-H program and events coordinator, said 4-H learning happens all year long, and that the opportunity to complete a project and participate at the fair lets kids celebrate accomplishments and specialized learning, highlighting their efforts and the behind-the-scenes support of their families. 

Community members are invited to fairs for 4-H exhibits and livestock sales and to learn more about the youth development program and how to participate through volunteering for events, leading a project and more.

Fairs are scheduled in Montana this summer at these locations on the following dates:

  • Baker, Aug. 13-18
  • Big Timber, July 22-26
  • Billings, Aug. 9-17
  • Boulder, Aug. 22-25
  • Bozeman, July 12-21
  • Broadus, July 25-27
  • Browning, July 9-12
  • Butte, Aug. 1-3
  • Chinook, Aug. 8-11
  • Choteau, June 27-29
  • Circle, Aug. 14-17
  • Columbus, July 12 – 18
  • Culbertson, Aug. 6-9
  • Deer Lodge, Aug. 10-18
  • Dillon, Aug. 28-Sept. 2
  • Dodson, Aug. 1-4
  • Ekalaka, Aug. 8-11
  • Eureka, Aug. 21-25
  • Fort Benton, Aug. 14-18
  • Forsyth, July 13-21
  • Glasgow, Aug. 7-10
  • Glendive, July 25-27
  • Great Falls, July 11-13
  • Hamilton, Aug. 26-Sept. 1
  • Hardin, July 20-28
  • Harlowton, July 31-Aug. 2
  • Havre, July 17-21
  • Helena, July 23-27
  • Jordan, Aug. 8-10
  • Kalispell, Aug. 13-18
  • Lewistown, July 23-27
  • Livingston, July 24-27
  • Lodge Pole, Aug. 8-9
  • Miles City, Aug. 21-24
  • Missoula, Aug. 6-11
  • Plains, Aug. 28-Sept. 1
  • Plentywood, July 25-27
  • Red Lodge, July 22-27
  • Ronan, July 24-27
  • Roundup, July 20-26
  • Scobey, Aug. 1-4
  • Shelby, July 17-21
  • Sidney, July 29-Aug. 3
  • Stanford, Aug. 5-10
  • Superior, Aug. 1-3
  • Terry, Aug. 1-4
  • Townsend, July 31-Aug. 4
  • Twin Bridges, Aug. 14-18
  • White Sulphur Springs, July 15-19
  • Wibaux, Aug. 22-25

More information about local fairs is available on many county government and fairgrounds websites. Some fairs in Montana host multiple counties and have their own website.

Montana 4-H is the largest out-of-school youth development program in the state, reaching nearly 20,000 youth in all 56 counties and seven reservations each year. Information about volunteering and supporting 4-H is available at montana.edu/extension/4h/volunteer/index.html.

Contact: Sadie Woller, Montana 4-H Center business operations, 406-994-3501 or sadie.woller@montana.edu; or Teri Antilley, Montana 4-H Center director, 406-994-3502 or teri.antilley@montana.edu

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MSU News Service

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